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April 25, 2006

Michigan State University, part 1

I’m in East Lansing this week. The Symphony Band, under Dr. Wesley Broadnax, will be rehearsing and making an impromptu recording of Rise this afternoon, and then tomorrow night Verena Mösenbichler and the MSU Campus Band will perform Dusk on their final concert of the year. Thursday, I speak to a couple of… continued

April 20, 2006

Alchemy for Orchestra update

Movements I and II are finished, copied, and ready for delivery. Tonight, I finished orchestrating Mvt. III, so all that remains is getting it into the computer and doing the parts – no small task. There are entirely too many notes in this movement…Here’s me giving a video update on the piece earlier this evening:continued

March 31, 2006

RedLine (piano) recording session

Last Monday, my dear friend Zoe Browder and I met at the Juilliard recording studio to finally record RedLine for piano. I wrote this piece at her request back at the end of 1999 (the actual date of completion on the piece is December 31st, 1999), and she premiered it about a year later…. continued

March 26, 2006

UMass Amherst, Alchemy, CBDNA

Yesterday, Laura Rexroth and the UMass-Amherst Wind Ensemble performed the first movement of Alchemy in Silent Spaces at the CBDNA Eastern Div. Conference in Montclair, NJ. First of all, they sounded great. I heard them a couple of weeks ago when I visited Amherst, and they sounded good then, but they’ve definitely “gelled” as an… continued

March 24, 2006

RedLine. REDLINE!!!!!

Tonight, Lt. Commander (ret.) John Pastin and the Rowan University Wind Ensemble played the sh*t out of RedLine for winds. I’m floored. I’m honored that he and the band devoted so much of their time and energy into pulling this piece off. To everyone in the band: you’re awesome. THANK YOU. You all… continued

March 22, 2006

Saul Williams / Nine Inch Nails

Last night. Loud. Liked it. Satisfying.Led me to some deep thought about the visceral vs. the intellectual.This will come back later. If present nebulous plans come to fruition, in just over a year.Back to doing my taxes…

March 21, 2006

Dusk score and m3 are now up!

It’s taken me far too long, but I’ve finally posted a PDF study score and streaming mp3 file for Dusk on the website. If you’re interested, go check it out (the links are in the green inset box).While I’m on the topic, here’s a sketch I found for the climax of the piece…. continued

March 15, 2006

Fayetteville HS Band

Yesterday morning I had the privilege of working on Dusk with the Fayetteville HS Band. Their director, Barry Harper, generously let me have the entire hour to sightread the piece with the group. There was an audible amount of fear and trepidation when we started, but by the end of the period I could… continued

March 14, 2006

Turbine / Foodblog

Last night I heard the Univ. of Arkansas – Fayetteville Concert Band and Wind Symphony perform, and they chewed through a LOT of music! I only have a second this morning, but suffice it to say I thought both groups were really solid, and I’m looking forward to hearing one of them do some of… continued